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February 14, 2021
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Early Contactee Influences
By Gene Steinberg

Now it may well be that the classic 1951 sci-fi film, “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” helped fuel the contactee movement. Loosely based on a short story from Harry Bates, “Farewell to the Master,” Hollywood in its typical fashion changed the story considerably in its transition to the cinema.

So, for example, the robotic creature renamed Gort (it was “Gnut” in the story) who accompanied the human, Klaatu, was in fact the “master” and not the other way around. There was no compelling message that Earthlings must give up their penchant for warfare. But since the story was originally published in 1940, considerations about a Cold War and nuclear weaponry weren’t relevant.

When you watch the movie, it may be difficult to even recognize its source, but it heavily influenced a whole spate of flying saucer contact claimants. So the spaceman that George Adamski allegedly met in the California desert wore a silvery uniform, similar to the one worn by Klaatu, except that he had long flowing hair instead of a traditional short haircut.

The entity, Orthon, did deliver a message of love and peace, but there was no “stick,” the threat made by Klaatu in the film that Earth would be destroyed in the interests of galactic peace if we didn’t get our acts together.

In those days, ET usually came from Venus, or Mars or Saturn, and not from some far-off planet orbiting another star system light years away. The contactee’s core message wasn’t based on science anyway. So when Adamski suggested that you sometimes had to go through the “back door” to present the truth, it was clear that having his beliefs expressed by aliens, rather than himself, would gain more followers.

So in the late 1940s, he wrote a sci-fi book, “Pioneers of Space: A Trip to the Moon, Mars, and Venus,” where the protagonist encounters a godlike figure. It does appear that this book formed the basis for his contactee claims, which surely garnered more attention when he said it was all true.

And right he was.

Indeed, there are still folks out there who believe Adamski was telling the truth after all. It didn’t matter that the photos he provided of the spaceship in which he allegedly went for a spin were easily debunked. Were those really GE lightbulbs surrounding the base of the spacecraft?

A similar message was expressed by Howard Menger, a sign painter who was sometimes referred to as the “Jersey Adamski,” because he lived and worked in New Jersey. He encountered similar beings, he said, at least before he one day recanted his claims and began to insist that maybe he was part of some sort of government experiment.

After retiring to Florida, Menger began working on models of flying saucers that he apparently intended to some day use as the basis for building genuine flying ships. There is no surprise that his efforts never progressed beyond the models.

When it comes to possible government experiments, you cannot forget yet another contactee, Orfeo Angelucci, who was fed a pill or tab of some sort when he met up with a military man in a diner and soon “went into a dream.”

Now in those days, I felt that these contactees, and others of their ilk, were all or mostly just making things up. Perhaps it was a bid for fame and fortune, and certainly Adamski evidently sold lot of books and went on worldwide lecture tours. It may not be true today, but it did appear that embracing the cracked side of the saucer could be profitable. Well, at least for some people.

While it may seem absurd to suggest that such places as the Moon, Mars and Venus harbor life as we know it, that wasn’t so obvious in those days. The Saturday morning space opera sci-fi shows, largely meant for children, often depicted trips to the planets in our solar system, where our heroes, such as Commander Buzz Corey of “Space Patrol,” met up with perfectly human people in their ongoing missions to preserve planetary peace.

Over the years, reports of contacts with higher beings or space people, bearing tidings of peace and brotherhood, began to reflect a more realistic view of where ET might come from. So, instead of nearby planets, they have become interstellar travelers. After all, science agrees that there may be thousands or millions of life-bearing worlds in our own galaxy. While we can’t say that they’d be human or humanoid — although contactees still often describe them that way — the possibility can’t be dismissed.

Or maybe ET is concealing its true form when it encounters Earthlings. Whether holographic or real, our visitors may have made the decision that appearing in a more acceptable form would allow them to more easily communicate with us.

Consider the 1997 movie, “Contact,” based on Carl Sagan’s novel. There the protagonist, a radio astronomer, encounters a presumed alien who appears in the image of her late father. She is told that was done deliberately because she could not accept its real appearance.

So much for bug-eyed monsters.

While I still remain skeptical of contact claims, that they will either speak English, or use telepathic communications that are interpreted as being in English, or the native tongue of the experiencer, that, too, may be done as a matter of convenience and technology.

In the Star Trek universe, for example, they devised a “universal translator,” an interactive system that makes it easy to communicate with aliens. Well at least the ones whose languages have been programmed into the system.

In the “Stargate SG-1” series and its spinoffs, most aliens also speak English, without explanation of how, but some do use an alien language. One of the key characters, named Dr. Daniel Jackson, is a linguist.

I tend to think that, if we are being visited by ET, and they cared a whit about speaking with the natives here, they’d definitely make the effort to master our native tongues. If they have the technology to travel across the galaxy, such methods of communication would be trivial to emulate.

But that assumes these efforts at communication are deliberate acts on their part. If all these encounters are all or mostly experienced by our subconscious, maybe we are filling in all the fine details. The source phenomenon may be totally incomprehensible to us.

I do wonder, though, that if we had the means for speedy interstellar travel, we’d make any effort at all to communicate with any intelligent species we encountered in our travels. Perhaps we’d have to hubris to expect them to figure it out for themselves.

And I haven’t begun to consider the danger of infecting the natives with one of our microbes. And if ET is here, would they take steps to make sure they don’t bring their alien viruses with them?

In “War of the Worlds,” the novel and the films, ET succumbs to Earth-borne pathogens, “slain, after all man's devices had failed, by the humblest things that God, in his wisdom, has put upon this earth.”

Despite being capable of conquering Earth with its advanced technology, stupid ET evidently never considered the need to protect themselves against such eventualities. And whether we’d succumb to their viruses was evidently not considered in plotting that story, though it would seem a logical consequence of their presence here.

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